World of Interiors, October 2017, Antennae roundup. Susan Chair & Susan Ottoman, available to order from Francis Sultana Collections
A week of Art & Interiors.
Last week Francis kicked off the busiest week in the art calendar with a talk for House & Garden on Art & Interiors and how to create an art collection. Hosted by Emily Tobin, House & Garden's Arts & Deputy Features Editor, Francis talked at length with Frances Christie of Sotheby's on how to choose art for your home, his own collection and what artists he will be collecting in the future. The talk was hosted by the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour. Francis was delighted to be invited once again to joint the prestigious judging committee for PAD.
Narmina Launches at Claridges
With the backdrop of Claridges, it was always going to be a typically stylish affair as Francis Sultana launched its brand new furniture collection entitled Narmina and new catalogue. Upholstery, lighting, furniture and accessories in rock crystal, marquetry, mica, rattan and patinated bronze sat alongside fabrics including mohair velvet and a bespoke tweed inspired by Coco Chanel. Francis welcomed 70 guests for a wonderful dinner as featured in Tatler. The collection was covered by Architectural Digest, World of Interiors and Wallpaper around the world. The collection will move to the showroom next week and we are taking appointments to view.
New Francis Sultana Accessories collection launched
Francis has been working on a new collection of cashmere throws for the past year which launch this month. The delectable throws, made for Francis Sultana in Scotland, are available in a bespoke colour palette of ecru, dark blue and moss green - one of the designs, the only pattern in the collection, nods to an original bronze design taken from his Diliana cabinet from the Yana Collection. Blanket stitched edges and two tone colourways, the stylish throws can be used in the home as well as being the ultimate in travel luxury.
Francis is featured in a new book & short-listed for an award
We are delighted that Francis has been featured in a new book - Take a Bath by Gestalten is being published later this month and features the best bathrooms around the world. The new book is just one of several books coming out over the next few months featuring the work of Francis and the interior design studio. We are also thrilled to have been short-listed for Best Homeware award in the Mayfair Awards 2017 which will be announced at the Royal Academy in November.
Maltese-born, London-based designer Francis Sultana is known for instilling his furniture with exotic and eclectic references – his latest collection, ‘Narmina’, is no different. The new offering touches on influences from haute couture and Coco Chanel’s sartorial credentials, to the Indian Maharajas’ personal collections of art deco, and the work of Catalan fresco painter José Maria Sert.
Sultana’s in-depth research (a strong suit of the designer) brought to life the most fascinating details of these inspirations. Take for example, the rock crystal collections of Sert’s wife, Misia. The Serts decorated their Rue de Rivoli apartment with crystal shards – a material new to Sultana, whose recent collection included amber-coloured rock crystal on table tops and lamp bases.
Misia was one of Coco Chanel’s best friends, and the legendary couturier’s approach was a starting point for Sultana. ‘“Poor materials” like straw and rattan conjure the ingenuity of Coco,‘ he explains. ‘She was the ultimate 20th-century fashion icon, who forged her signature by producing luxe sportswear from humble textiles, such as jersey and cotton.’ Sultana further developed this concept throughout the collection, using modest rattan as decoration, concealed under a table glass top, or applied with striking marquetry techniques to a table and a credenza.
Sophisticated with a dash of flamboyance, ‘Narmina’ is a restrained exercise in the eclectic with Sultana’s canny take on classics, evident in pieces such as the luxurious velvet daybed, or his imposing sofas. As with his previous launches (‘Narmina’ is the designer’s fourth fully-formed collection), Sultana explored the full potential of production techniques and materials including patinated bronze, bespoke silks and hessian tweeds, rattan, leather and pâte de verre.